Set for Friday and Saturday on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University, an ESPN2-televised showdown between Montverde Academy (Fla.)
and Simeon (Chicago)
headlines the star-studded lineup and is sure to have a major impact on next week's national rankings.
Montverde Academy, coming off a tournament victory at the prestigious City of Palms Classic, is 13-0 and led by the senior trio of point guard Kasey Hill
(Florida), power forward Devin Williams
(West Virginia) and 6-foot-10 center Dakari Johnson
. The Eagles are ranked No. 3 in MaxPreps.com's Academy Top 10.
Simeon began the season as the top-ranked traditional high school squad. The Wolverines lost to DeSoto (Texas) in December, but have rattled off eight wins in a row in impressive fashion and currently sit at No. 7 nationally.
Another Chicago program will also have its hands full in Xcellent 25 No. 4 Whitney Young (Chicago)
, fresh off a tournament victory at the Beach Ball Classic. The Dolphins will face Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia)
, who is looking to bounce back from a pair of losses at the Les Schwab Invitational in Oregon.
Friday's highlight should be a matchup between a pair of Academy Top 10-ranked squads. No. 1 Huntington Prep (W.Va.)
– led by No. 1 2013 prospect Andrew Wiggins
– will take on controversial but ultra-talented Prime Prep (Dallas)
, a school founded by Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders.
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4:30 p.m. – Linsly (Wheeling, W.Va.)
vs. Seton LaSalle (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
6 p.m. – Mercersburg Academy (Pa.)
vs. Wheeling Central Catholic (W.Va.)
7:30 p.m. – Huntington Prep vs. Prime Prep
9 p.m. – Lower Merion (Ardmore, Pa.)
vs. St. Raymond (Bronx, N.Y.)Saturday
12:30 p.m. – St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia)
vs. Wheeling Park (Wheeling, W.Va.)
2 p.m. – DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.)
vs. Gill St. Bernard's (Gladstone, N.J.)
3:30 p.m. – Neumann-Goretti vs. Whitney Young
6 p.m. – Montverde Academy vs. Simeon
8 p.m. – Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.)
vs. Salesian (Richmond, Calif.)
West Virginia will be high school basketball's epicenter this weekend as the sixth annual Cancer Research Classic welcomes five nationally-ranked programs to Wheeling.